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Distance

11.25 mi

Elevation gain

2,602 ft

Technical difficulty

Very difficult

Elevation loss

2,625 ft

Max elevation

2,254 ft

Trailrank

78 5

Min elevation

17 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

2 hours 23 minutes

Time

2 hours 54 minutes

Coordinates

2899

Uploaded

September 2, 2021

Recorded

September 2021
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2,254 ft
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11.25 mi

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near Höfn, Austurland (Ísland)

Several sections across field since there’s not a clear path. The scree is serious stuff running downhill. Enjoy but remember that you are on your own and won’t find much people on this unique trail. Be safe!

Details of what to expect:

- This trail is not marked -at all. The singletrack is quite clear for most of the flat section though. Bring your GPS or the Wikiloc app with the trail and map saved for offline use.

- I did it on a sunny and dry day. On rainy, wet or foggy days I would cancel and look for another option.

- Inevitably you’ll have to step on wild musk. Be gentle with your pace and step softly to avoid damaging such a magnificent coverage on sections without a clear path.

- First 10km mostly flat and runnable. Black sand beaches and the coast are gorgeous.

- When the trail starts to climb is where I had more difficulties finding a good line without damaging the flora. No need to follow exactly my track.

- I decided to climb the Húsadalstindur peak and I think the way up which I chose was quite good and specially safe. But: do not approach too much the southern cliff with a 500 meters free fall and loose ground.

- From the saddle between the two main peaks I went all the way down running on the huge and steep scree. Luckily there’s a way out at the bottom and you can reach the viking village in no time.

The name of the trail is due to the legend of Erik a local viking who used to climb these steep peaks almost naked, or so the story goes!
Panorama

Panorama

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Ruins

Viking’s Village

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Beach

Black sand beach

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Panorama

Panorama

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Beach

Out of this world’s beach

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Panorama

On your own

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Fauna

A human

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Fauna

Trail companion

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Information point

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Waypoint

Found the elusive loneliness

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River

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Waypoint

Going uphill

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Mountain pass

Mountain pass

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Waypoint

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Summit

Húsadalstindur

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Mountain pass

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Waypoint

Rope

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Risk

Scrreeeeeee

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4 comments

  • Photo of Forest

    Forest Sep 7, 2021

    I know Iceland's interior a bit but I didn't expect this kind of landscapes and peaks by the coast! High in my list of hikes in Iceland. Thanks for sharing!

  • Photo of Edu Crispi

    Edu Crispi Dec 23, 2021

    Hola Jordi! Enhorabona per la ruta. Súper ben explicada. Acabo de tornar d'Islàndia, vaig fer aquest viatge per veure expressament i fotografiar aquestes muntanyes i no vaig poder per boira. De totes formes a l'abril hi torno. Una pregunta: el cim de Kambhorn (el més punxegut) no es pot fer sense material d'escalada? Pots veure fotos d'aquest viatge meu aquí: https://adobe.ly/3yKUpn6 Gràcies!

  • Photo of Jordi

    Jordi Dec 23, 2021

    Bones Edu, doncs no t'ho sabria dir perquè vaig tirar cap a la dreta i no m'hi vaig apropar tot i que semblava un cim espectacular. Hi ha altres usuaris de Wikiloc locals d'Islàndia que potser t'ho poden aclarir. Em vé al cap en Leifur: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/user.do?id=9253

  • Photo of Northern Mountaineer

    Northern Mountaineer Apr 23, 2022

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Spectacular and lonely trail. For those who pursue tranquility and silence, this is a great option in southern Iceland. Couldn't complete it but I'll return in summer time. Thanks for sharing it!

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